A six-month-old boy, Ayomide Olamilekan, and her two-year-old sister, Blessing, have been missing for the past one and a half months in Owo, Ondo State.
The incident took a twist when police detectives picked up the mother of the children, Abimbola Alabi, following suspicion she might have colluded with a couple, who rented a room in the house where she resides at Okedogbon area of the town, to commit the crime. But since the incident happened on January 30, nobody has contacted the parents of the two children or family members to ask for ransom. This has suggested that the children were not kidnapped for ransom but for some other ulterior motive. However, the case appears to have gone cold after four suspects were quizzed and no evidence found linking them to the matter. Sunday Vanguard gathered that the couple, suspected of abducting the two children, had moved into the house and warmed their way into the hearts of the children and their mother.
Police source hinted that the couple did not disclose their identities or provided any guarantors before they moved into the one-room apartment. It was gathered that the mother of the abducted children, Abimbola, 23, was the person the couple met at home when they were looking for accommodation and she reportedly linked them with the caretaker of the house whose wife just gave birth to a baby and was preparing for the naming ceremony A source said because the caretaker was too busy attending to the naming of his new baby, Abimbola was the person who collected N18, 000 from the couple as rent for six months and handed same to the caretaker.